Contents of the PC-TOUCH.DOC file
P C - T O U C H
(C) Copyright 1983 by Dean Hannotte
324 East Ninth Street
New York, NY 10003
PC-TOUCH is a simple program with a simple purpose: to help you practice
PC-TOUCH will display on the screen lines of text for you to type. You
can't correct mistakes as you go along, because that won't help you learn how
not to make them in the first place. Just do the best you can, and as you
continue you will find yourself making fewer and fewer errors.
As you are typing, PC-TOUCH will update statistics along the bottom two
rows of the screen. On the left you will see the total number of keystrokes
and the total number of erroneous keystrokes. On the right you will see your
typing accuracy as the percentage of keystrokes which have been correct, and
your typing speed in words per minute. The statistics on the left are updated
whenever you press any key, while those on the right are updated whenever you
get to the end of a line. Remember that when you are just learning to type,
accuracy is more important than speed.
To use PC-TOUCH, just key in:
where: [d:] is the optional drive specification,
a single letter from a to h.
pc-touch is the name of the program DOS will run.
means press the ENTER key.
PC-TOUCH starts by giving you instructions on how to use the program.
Aside from the keys you will use to type the lines of text displayed, there
are only three special keys recognized:
ENTER -- Press this key when you get to the end of each
ESC ---- Press this key when you are done with the program.
F1 ----- Press this key when you want to stop typing for a
while (for example, to answer the phone) and don't
want to lose credit for the elapsed time during
which nothing will be typed. (When you are ready
to restart, just press F1 a second time.)
PC-TOUCH doesn't recognize any other special keys because the idea was to
practice touch-typing in a way that would be valid for ANY keyboard, including
ancient office typewriters you may be stranded with once in a while. (If
enough people ask for more sensitivity to the special keys on the IBM/PC [like
INS, DEL and the cursor control keys], I'll be glad to include this in a future
release.) PC-TOUCH should work with any display device that supports 80-column
PC-TOUCH is distributed as four files:
PC-TOUCH.DOC -- this file, containing documentation. The
program doesn't need this file to operate, so
you can ERASE, RENAME, or archive it.
PC-TOUCH.EXE -- the compiled version of the program.
PC-TOUCH.FIL -- the lines of text that you will type. The
program needs this file to operate, so you
must leave it in a drive addressed by one of
the letters from A through H. PC-TOUCH will
chose the first copy it finds if you have more
than one. This file is an ordinary ASCII
file, so you can change the material I've
selected or replace it entirely using any
ordinary text editor. Don't make any line
longer than 79 characters. After you've typed
through the entire file, PC-TOUCH goes back
to the beginning and you start over.
PC-TOUCH.BAS -- the source program. You can use this to make
your own modifications to the program, or just
to get some ideas about how this kind of
program is written.
PC-TOUCH has been given free of charge and "as is" to the New York IBM
Personal Computer User Group (NYPC). Please share it with as many people as
you like. If you'd like to suggest enhancements, or just want to talk about
it, I can be reached at (212) 674-5848 between 9AM and 9PM. I hope you enjoy
using PC-TOUCH, and that it helps improve your typing speed.